Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CPCS, CBTS, CSRRS is the clinical director for Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT & Relational Trauma and Capstone Center for Sexual Recovery & Transformation; a program for male addicts, female addicts, spouses/partners of sex addicts, couples in recovery, and services for children & adolescents. Richard is currently on the board for the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) where he chairs the Advanced Topics in Problematic Sexual Behavior committee. He is a vice president in the organization. At SASH, Richard serves on the credentialing, continuing education, and governance committees. Richard is one of the founders of the International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists (IACSAS) where he served as president for 13 years, and a founding board member of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) where he served for over 4 years. He developed the first graduate course to be taught on sexual addiction along with a colleague and guest lectures in a variety of University level courses. Richard is a frequent guest on Atlanta area radio & television programs dealing with sexual addiction, spouses/families of addicts, and domestic violence. He is the author of the LIFE Guide for Young Men, and a Journey Through Secrets. He is the co-author of Spouses of Sex Addicts: Hope for the Journey (book & workbook) and the LIFE Guide for Couples.
Richard holds two masters degrees; an M.Ed. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an M.A. From Harding University Graduate School. Richard is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the state of Georgia, a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors, a certified clinical hypnotherapist (CCH), a certified clinical sexual & relational recovery specialist (CSRRS), and a certified clinical betrayal trauma specialist (CBTS) through the Addo Recovery network. Richard is also a certified professional counselor supervisor (CPCS) through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. He is married with two children and has worked with churches and counseling centers for over 30 years.
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To schedule an appointment with Richard call 470-280-0500 or email Richard@capstoneatlanta.com.
Sonya Kennedy, LPC earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University where she was trained clinically and learned how to integrate theology into counseling. Sonya is a family counselor working with all ages and stages of life. She works with children, adolescents, individuals, singles, divorcees, premarital, marital, and families in regards to various life issues. Sonya is trained as a stepfamily specialist. Sonya obtained a specialization working with children and adolescents.
A particular focus is depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, OCD and ADHD where she helps clients learning to deal with their illness through various coping skills as well as making changes and improvements in their daily lives. Using therapeutic interventions with a strong focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sonya offers Intensive Outpatient Therapy for Individuals and Couples. Sonya has training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and incorporates this into her counseling. Sonya builds therapy for each individual’s needs. Utilizing her strong faith in God, Sonya helps clients recognize and use their faith as a basis for positive change and growth. Sonya feels called to this ministry and feels privileged to come alongside others. Sonya sees clients at our Cumming location. Click here for a video of Sonya sharing about her work. For an appointment with Sonya call or text 770-853-8333 or email Sonya@capstoneatlanta.com.
Dr. Janice Stevens, LPC, NCC, CCPS, CBTS, CCSAS specializes in working with spouses/partners of sex addicts. She is an experienced group leader and therapist and is a certified clinical partner specialist with the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS.) Dr. Stevens understands and works extensively with the trauma experienced by partners of people with sexual infidelity issues. She is a part of the Capstone Sexual Recovery & Transformation program.
Dr. Stevens obtained her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors. She is a certified clinical sexual addiction specialist (CCSAS) with the International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists. Dr. Stevens is also a certified clinical partner specialist (CCPS) with the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) and a certified clinical betrayal trauma specialist (CBTS) with the Addo Recovery network. Janice currently enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Dr. Stevens has an extensive background in the field of school counseling where she worked with adolescents in individual, small group, and classroom settings. She also has considerable experience working with parents of adolescents, helping them develop a clear direction of how to guide their children through the difficult adolescent years. Her professional experience has helped Dr. Stevens develop knowledge, insight, and sound helping skills in order to better serve her clients in the counseling setting. Janice works with couples, individuals, and therapy groups. She sees clients at our Dunwoody location. Click here for a video of Dr. Stevens sharing about her work. You can also connect with Dr. Stevens on Psychology Today or LinkedIn. In order to schedule an appointment with Janice, call 470-280-0500 or email Janice@capstoneatlanta.com.
Sunamita Tuple, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia. Sunamita received a bachelor degree in Psychology from Emory University, a Master’s degree (1998) and Specialist in Education degree (2000), both in professional counseling, from Georgia State University and a Master degree in Christian Psychological Studies with a specialization in Sex Therapy (2005) from Richmont University. Sunamita is also a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor.
Sunamita has experience working in a hospital based setting as well as out-patient and private practice settings providing individual, group, couples and family therapy. Sunamita is passionate about relationship and family counseling, the important role that spirituality plays in our lives, women’s issues, issues of identity development and growth, self esteem, professional development, and adjustment and life transitions.
Sunamita’s areas of expertise include depression and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders and stress management, addiction, dual diagnosis, sex therapy, issues of co-dependence, issues of communication and boundaries, and grief and loss.
“I believe, in each of us, there is an inherent need to be understood and accepted. I believe psychotherapy involves building a caring relationship in which clients feel safe and at ease. My goal for our time together is to help you better understand yourself, understand patters behind the choices you make and equip you with coping skills that will enable you to more effectively deal with life stressors. Sunamita sees clients at our Dunwoody and Marietta locations. To schedule an appointment with Sunamita call 470-280-0500 or email Sunamita@capstoneatlanta.com.
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Stephanie Weisman, MS, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She is also a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH). Stephanie did her post-grad training under the supervision of Ruby Blow, MA, LPC, NCC, CPCS. Stephanie has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has a passion for working with teenagers and adults with borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. Stephanie has also attended several trainings relating to LGBTQIA issues, including gender transitioning. Stephanie is an approved provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Humana, Cigna, and Aetna.
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Sarah Ramsay, MA, LMFT, BC-TMHholds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University, School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and also a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from Samford University. Sarah has experience working with adolescents, adults, families and couples in a variety of areas, including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma, relationship concerns and general stress. Specifically, she has training in EMDR, a style of therapy recognized by the American Psychiatric Association that enable people to heal from the stubborn symptoms and emotional distress resulting from troubling life experiences. Sarah has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, which primarily works to restore romantic relationships and has been found to be effective between family members as well and is a Prepare Enrich therapist for Premarital counseling. Sarah is also a board certified telemental health provider (BC-TMH) and can offer services online outside of the Atlanta area.
“I’d like to invite you to my judgement free environment to explore, learn, heal and grow. My desire is to help guide you to a life of contentment and peace. I look forward to being a part of your journey.”
Joanna Goulding, MA, CBTS is a psychotherapist who has experience working with adults, teenagers, and children (play therapy) struggling with the effects of trauma and stressful events (e.g. emotional and sexual abuse, infidelity, divorce, family conflict). She is a certified betrayal trauma specialist (CBTS) with the Addo Recovery network. She also works with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, pornography/sexually acting out, substance use, behavior or conduct disorders and Insomnia. She uses evidence-based practices like Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Motivational Interviewing. She regularly incorporates creativity into therapy sessions (music, art, games, etc.). She is fluent in Spanish, and previously worked as a counselor at CETPA, the largest Hispanic Mental Health Clinic in the Southeast. She has also led relational trauma therapy and peer support groups. Her goal is to help you feel like yourself again, and live your best life!
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Call 678-960-8930 today to schedule an appointment with Joanna or send her an email at Joanna@capstoneatlanta.com
Lori has specialized training and experience with betrayal and relational trauma, eating disorders, anger management, parent coaching as well as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. She is also certified as a Gottman Level 1 couples counselor. Lori is also specializing in working with partners of people with problematic sexual behavior (sometimes called sexual addiction/hypersexuality). She takes a diverse therapeutic approach tailored to the wants and needs of her clients. She draws from behavioral therapies, as well as interpersonal and client-centered interventions to help her clients gain insight and implement a plan to overcome their life challenges. She also enjoys working with clients who consider faith to be an integral part of their worldview.
“I am constantly amazed at how people can live through really difficult experiences and still be determined to improve themselves and their circumstances. I strive to honor the humanity in everyone I encounter and love to help my clients identify and access their innate strengths and build on them.”
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Lori sees clients at our Dunwoody and Marietta locations. To schedule an appointment with Lori, call 470-280-0500 or email Lori@capstoneatlanta.com. Lori works under the clinical supervision of Terry Freeman, MS, MAC, LPC, CPCS.
Lynell Williams, M.Ed., NCC has a passion for helping people find their true and authentic selves while learning skills to navigate their day to day lives. Using her client’s own definition of success, Lynell strives to put her client’s needs first while guiding and providing them with skills along the way. She aims to tailor counseling sessions to fit the individual needs and personalities of her clients and encouraging them to focus on their goals. She believes that the premise for change lies on the foundation of the clinician and client’s therapeutic relationship. She prides herself on providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment so that her clients can experience self-growth to become who they were meant to be.
Lynell’s clinical interests include emerging adult/adults who struggle with depression, self-esteem, emotion regulation, communication, conflict resolution, self-concept/ identity, life transitions, and assertiveness.
Lynell is a proud graduate of Georgia Southern University ‘s Clinical Mental Health Program and is a National Certified Counselor.
“I believe that progress is a marathon and not a sprint. Together, I will work alongside you to identify your strengths, build meaningful connections, and take control of your life.”
To schedule an appointment with Lynell call 470-280-0500 or email Lynell@capstoneatlanta.com.
D’Alma Bradley, M.Ed has a Master’s degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia Southern University. She also earned her B.A. in Psychology from Georgia Southern University. She is currently working toward her National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (APC) credentials. She plans to become a Registered Play Therapy (RPT) in the near future. She is a current member of Licensed Professional Counselor Association (LPCA) and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.
D’Alma has experience working with children, adolescents and young adults, in a variety of areas, including anxiety, depression, anger management, behavioral management, career counseling, and relationship concerns. Her therapeutic approach is uniquely tailored for each individual client. She uses an integrative approach drawing primarily from person-centered, strength- based, existential, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
“I strongly believe that therapy is a collaborative process between myself and my clients. I am the guide that sits in the passenger seat, while they drive and determine which way to go. We will work together in this process of getting them to the best version of themselves.”
To schedule an appointment with D’Alma call 470-280-0500 or email her at Dalma@capstoneatlanta.com.
Shalom Horowitz, M.A., M.Ed, is a Clinical Mental Health graduate of Bellevue Universityand is working towards licensure as a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). He also has a masters degree from Pace University. Shalom has over thirteen years experience as an elementary school teacher having taught almost every grade between first and eighth grades. Shalom has also been the director of teen activities at his Synagogue for over a decade. As such, Shalom has years of experience working with children and their parents and/or legal guardians. That experience includes but not limited to; children that are experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and being bullied. Children may have learning differences or challenges that make the conventional classroom a struggle. Shalom has a toolbox of evidence based strategies that can be employed to empower children and their families to overcome these obstacles and develop new thinking and behavior patterns.
In Shalom’s internship, he worked with teens with addictions. Helping teens and young adults understand the direct negative correlation between their addictive behaviors, and their life, job, social interactions and general life trajectory, is an area that Shalom also focuses on.
Shalom is a strong advocate of motivational interviewing (MI) but also employs CBT and Solution-Focused therapy to help find the best path for the client. Creating a safe and collaborative environment is key to becoming comfortable with self, and with the therapist.
Shalom also has a masters in Educational Administration, is certified to teach Hebrew using the Orton-Gillingham approach, and has completed the elementary core course of responsive classroom.
Shalom is a New York native and is a struggling Mets fan living in the town of the surging Braves which does not help. Shalom also only drinks Tropicana brand orange juice without pulp.
To schedule an appointment with Shalom email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 470-280-0500.
Recovery Coaches, Pastoral Counselors
Dr. Mark Richardson, PSRRS is a pastoral counselor and life coach and founder of ucantoo publishing. He works with spiritual issues that come out in therapy, and also does recovery coaching. Mark provides a variety of coaching services for the counseling center. He does premarital counseling & coaching from a pastoral perspective and conducts many wedding ceremonies throughout the year. Mark is a leader of Capstone sexual recovery men’s groups and is a certified pastoral sexual and relational recovery specialist (PSRRS). He holds a doctorate in Ministry, as well as a Master of Arts degree in both Christian Counseling Psychology and in Ministry. Mark is the author of Return To Innocenceand 52 Days on the Wall. He has had more than twenty-five years of ministerial experience and is working as a group facilitator. Mark is married and has two sons. For an appointment with Mark call 678-520-8813. Click here for a video of Mark sharing about his work.
Elise Simpson is a graduate student actively pursuing a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) degree at Abilene Christian University. Elise, fascinated with the study of behavior and mental processes, earned a B.S. in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. She is a current member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the Alpha Chi collegiate honor society and has served as a member of Abilene Christian University’s student council for nearly two years. Upon completion of her clinical practicum, Elise plans to become dually licensed as both a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Professional Counselor (LPC).
Elise is passionate about working with couples, parent/child/sibling systems, young adults, and adolescents (particularly those seeking Christian counsel). She incorporates techniques from Collaborative Therapy (CT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) in her work with clients, since she feels that each of these therapies serves a specific and unique purpose in the therapeutic process. Elise uses strengths-based and client-centered approaches to empower and promote confidence in clients, to instill hope in the therapeutic process, to encourage authenticity, and to cultivate trusting relationships within therapy. By utilizing these diverse methods and therapeutic approaches, she hopes to encourage spiritual, personal, and relational growth, challenge client perspectives, aid in emotion regulation, and re-stabilize individuals, couples, and families. Furthermore, she hopes that these techniques will motivate clients to have progressive, honest discussions about how and what they need to change in order to promote healthy living.
Mrs. Simpson provides therapy under the direction and supervision of Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CPCS, CCPS, CCSAS, Holli Kelly-Trombley, Ph.D., LMFT, and James Morris, Ph.D., LMFT while at Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT, & Relational Trauma. To schedule an appointment with Elise, call 470-280-0500 or email email@example.com
Lisa Shanklin joined Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT, & Relational Trauma as the co-owner and Managing Director. She is a member of the North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative(NFMHC) and is the Co-President for the North Fulton Council of PTAs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management and a minor in Business from Brigham Young University.
Lisa brings a wealth of experience she has gained from working with various organizations. She served as the President and Executive Director of the non-profit Women for Decency which is now doing business as Betrayal Trauma Recovery and gained experience working with Educate and Empower Kids, Bloom for Women, Alpharetta Psychiatric Services and many others. She founded the Georgia Coalition Against Pornography and she is the Georgia Director for the National Decency Coalition. She is a member of the Safeguard Alliance and believes in collaboration and working together to help our families.
As a mother of five, Lisa enjoys spending time with her children and going to their sporting events and activities. With only the two youngest still at home, Lisa finds time to go mountain biking and hiking and enjoy time outdoors. Lisa can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.